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Thunderbird (2001)

Leonard Whitefeather's macabre visions lead to a case of mistaken identity when a downed airmail plane is mistaken for the Great Thunderbird. Convinced that the plane's departure will bring... See full summary »

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Gary Castillo ... Leonard Whitefeather
Todd Gorang ... Howard Foxwell
... Francine Whitefeather
... Redmond
Diz White ... Moll
... Putch
... Spirit Brave
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Leonard Whitefeather's macabre visions lead to a case of mistaken identity when a downed airmail plane is mistaken for the Great Thunderbird. Convinced that the plane's departure will bring about his immediate death, he prepares himself for the afterworld. In order to sidestep fate, his daughter and friends capture the pilot, preventing him from leaving, but can they change Leonard's destiny? Written by Ward Swan <ward@angelsmith.net>

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The Best Short Film I've Seen This Year
13 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

As a teacher and occasional critic, I probably watch three hundred shorts a year. THUNDERBIRD is a knockout-- a fully imagined, beautifully realized fable. Visually the movie is far better than many feature-length Hollywood blockbusters. I don't know how the director managed to grant his low-budget work such impressive production value, but the cinematography, editing, and set design are all first-rate. Each shot was slaved over, and the resulting composition pays tribute to all that time and effort.

Gary Castillo delivers a charming performance, leavening despair with humor.

Eschewing the current fad for music video-style frantic editing, the creators of THUNDERBIRD favor a quiet, stately pace, an elegant cadence. Though shorter than fifteen minutes, the movie has the feel of an epic, and I look forward to watching whatever these boys put together next. You just know they're aiming big.


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